It's happened to everyone: you're in the middle of your 150 page final paper that's due tomorrow, or about to hit the submit button on the tax filing you've put off until the last minute, or all your plants are finally ready to harvest in Farmville and. . . suddenly, everything stops working. The screen freezes, or goes blank, or suddenly flips to the dreaded Blue Screen of Doom, filled with codes and numbers and - was that a warning that my computer will self-destruct in 15 seconds?
What do you do when the technology you love suddenly turns on you? You can always pay someone to fix it, of course, but many people would rather have that extra money to spend on little things like food or rent. Luckily, there are some free options you can turn to when good computers go bad:
Think you can beat your friends at Super Smash Brothers? Want to see what it’s like to play games with no controller with our new Kinect?
If you are in grade 6-12, come on down to the Community Technology Center at the Central Library every other Tuesday afternoon and show everybody what you can do! We have a Wii, a PS3, and a Xbox 360 PLUS a Kinect! Did I mention all this fun is 100% FREE?
Grade 6-12, No registration required.
Every other Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.
Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library
Did you take an Excel class and need a little help practicing what you learned? Are you looking for work but aren't quite sure how to upload your resume to an online job application? Open Labs are designed for people just like you!
An Open Lab is a good place to practice the things you've learned in CTC classes. Of if you're a job seeker you can get pointers on your resume. It's a great place to get help filling out online applications or replying to Craigslist job posts. If you are mostly comfortable working on your own but think you might need a little help from our staff, stop in and check out an Open Lab!
If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.
And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?
Interested in how the stuff inside your computer works and want to know which part does what? Or maybe you're trying to upgrade your computer's hard drive?
Even if you're just curious, the Community Technology Center is offering a hands-on class to get to know your computer better! PC Hardware 101 will be held on September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Level 4 of the Central Library — and it's free! The CTC is staffed with talented people who are always eager to help you learn, so come and discover your computer's guts!
Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.
It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances. Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, September 1, at 2 pm and 3 pm
Have a new or old tech toy and wish you had someone to help you figure it out? Want to know more about Android apps? Trying to make the most of your iPad? Dying to know what a Nook is? It's time to Ask the Gadget Guy!
On Saturday, August 27, the Community Technology Center's Gadget Guy will be available to answer all of your gadget questions. Don't have a gadget yet to bring with you? Not to worry. Devices like the iPad, Motorola Xoom, Nook and more will be available for you to try out.
Everyone likes to be a show-off once in a while! You can learn to make fabulous visual presentations that will knock the socks off your classmates or colleagues using PowerPoint or Prezi!
Students are often asked to present research or report to classmates on subjects for school. Business professionals sometimes find themselves speaking in front of clients or colleagues. Don't get caught off guard the next time you're asked to speak. We can show you how to create a visual component to accompany your oh-so-eloquent voice!